Yarmouth RNLI rescue yacht struck by lightning

Lifeboats News Release

Yarmouth’s Severn class all weather lifeboat (ALB), ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer),’ was tasked to launch by HM Coastguard on Monday 12 July 2021 at 3.58pm to a 40ft sailing vessel with electrical failure and a potential engine fire following a lightning strike.

Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer),’ returns to harbour

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yacht brought safely alongside by Yarmouth RNLI

The RNLI volunteer crew arrived on scene west of Newtown Creek and two crew members were put on board the stricken yacht to assess the situation. Although they were very shaken by their experience, all four crew were uninjured. The electrical systems had been destroyed by the strike leaving the engine still running with no means of turning it off. Yarmouth lifeboat crew disabled the engine and checked for hot spots.

Once they had established that it was safe to do so, the Severn class lifeboat secured an alongside tow and brought the casualty vessel into the safety of Yarmouth harbour. The yacht was then handed over into the care of local fire crews from Freshwater and Newport along with the Needles coastguard rescue teams for further fire safety and welfare checks.

Coxswain, Howard Lester, said ‘The yacht’s crew had taken appropriate safety measures before setting sail, they were wearing life jackets and had an alternative means of calling for help. Having discovered their VHF radio had been disabled, they called the coastguard by telephone on 999.’

Yarmouth lifeboat returned to her berth and was ready for service at 5.10pm

The RNLI remains an independent charity that relies on voluntary contributions to fund its lifesaving work.

Media contacts:

Teresa Fox, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Yarmouth Lifeboat Station Teresa_fox@rnli.org.uk 07976 731906

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer SE and London paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer),’ returns to harbour

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Yarmouth RNLI returning to harbour
Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat ‘Eric and Susan Hiscock (Wanderer),’,

RNLI/Teresa Fox

Multi agency response to yacht struck by lightning

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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